News Highlights                                             May 22, 2020
Although our City Hall is closed to the public, our services are not.  We've created this newsletter as a one-stop shop and weekly update of coronavirus news that you may have missed.  For additional info & updates, please visit our webpage at novato.org/coronavirus .
New Temporary "Carry Out" Parking Available Downtown for Easier Curbside Service

Last week, Marin's Public Health Officer issued a new order allowing retailers to offer curbside service.

To help make your Downtown Novato curbside shopping experience easier, please feel free to utilize the new temporary 15 minute "Carry Out" parking spaces along Grant Avenue and select side streets downtown. Each spot is numbered so customers can easily pull up and let merchants know where to bring the prearranged curbside sale. Additionally, customers can park in these spots for pickup orders as well.

For information on Novato businesses that are open and ready to serve you, please check out our listing at shoplocalnovato.com.

Help the City Develop its Short-Term Rental Regulatory Program

The City is currently in the process of considering options for a short-term rental regulatory program. Short-term rentals are residential rentals of all or a portion of a home for periods of less than 30 nights, and are often advertised on websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

Help the City develop its short-term rental regulatory program by weighing-in on which policy decisions are important to you at novato.org/opennovato.

Ayude a la ciudad a desarrollar su programa de reglamentos para alquileres a corto plazo

La ciudad de Novato ha comenzado el proceso de consideración de opciones para un programa de reglamentos asociados con los alquileres a corto plazo. Los alquileres a corto plazo son alquileres residenciales de toda o parte de una casa por períodos de menos de 30 noches, y comunmente se anuncian en sitios web como Airbnb, VRBO y HomeAway.

Ayude a Novato a desarrollar su programa de reglamentos de alquileres a corto plazo evaluando cuales son las pólizas o normas importantes para usted en novato.org/opennovato.

Support Novato's Small Business Community

The small business community could use your help! Donate now to the Novato Small Business Relief Fund to help keep local dollars local, retain local jobs and keep your favorite Novato storefronts tenanted.

Every dollar counts as we review applications and work to award grants up to $5,000 per qualified and selected local businesses.
Marin County COVID-19 Update as of May 21, 2020

Marin County Public Health continues to monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide on their dedicated coronavirus website at marinhss.org/coronavirus. Here you will find accurate, up-to-date information with a focus on how it is impacting our local communities.

Here are some data points,  as of May 21, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 352
Marin Cases Recovered: 244
Marin Deaths: 14
Marin Persons Tested: 10,189
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 50
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 4
Recreate Responsibly this Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, please take time to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation and the values we hold dear.

If you do choose to get outside and visit parks and open space, please do so responsibly and safely. Follow public health guidance, come prepared, be flexible, and respect others as well as Mother Nature.

COVID-19: Water Safety

Our friends at the North Marin Water District (NMWD) would like to remind you that they purify your water using modern treatment techniques that remove pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. 

Water is continuously monitored to ensure that it surpasses all state and federal regulations for health and safety.

As you navigate through the risks of COVID-19 know that your tap water remains a safe and reliable source of clean drinking water. 

More info at nmwd.com.
County Program Offers Restaurant Meal Delivery
to Seniors
Applications are still being accepted for Marin County's Great Plates Delivered Program.

Both seniors and restaurants can benefit as this  program offers meal delivery to older residents from our local restaurants.

Marin residents may call Whistlestop at 415.456.9073 to see if they qualify.

Local restaurants interested in participating can apply online now by filling out the Great Plates Delivered Food Provider Interest Form.

Free COVID-19 Testing 
There are multiple COVID-19 testing options countywide. If you meet the local testing criteria and are unable to obtain testing through your medical provider, free and confidential testing is available in Marin. 

Search for your nearest testing location.

For more answers to important COVID-19 related testing questions including Marin Public Health's testing criteria, please visit marinhhs.org/coronavirus.

National Bicycle Safety Month
 
The Novato Police Department suggests the following tips to help keep you and your family safe:
  • Always wear a helmet and never ride impaired.
  • Follow social distancing measures and maintain at least six feet of physical space between other riders and those out walking.
  • Be seen: wear brightly colored clothing and have bike lights handy (front white light and rear red flashing light or reflectors)
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Rules of the road still apply: Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
  • Keep outside trips to a minimum; they should only be to get essential items or exercise.
El Mes Nacional de Seguridad de la Bicicleta
El Departamento de Policía de Novato sugiere los siguientes consejos para ayudarlo a usted y a su familia a mantenerse seguros:
  • Siempre use un casco y nunca conduzca con discapacidad.
  • Siga las medidas de distanciamiento social y mantenga al menos seis pies de espacio físico entre otros ciclistas y aquellos que caminan.
  •  Sea visto: use ropa de colores brillantes y tenga a mano las luces de la bicicleta (luz blanca delantera y luz intermitente roja trasera o reflectores)
  • Use señales manuales cuando gire o pare.
  • Todavía se aplican las reglas de la carretera: los ciclistas deben viajar en la misma dirección del tráfico y tener los mismos requisitos que cualquier vehículo de movimiento lento.
  •  Mantenga los viajes al aire libre al mínimo; solo deben ser para obtener artículos esenciales o hacer ejercicio.
Marin Small Business
Development Center 
Free Webinar

The Marin Small Business Development Center continues its free webinars to help local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

May 28 | 12 - 1pm
Disaster Loan Support & Planning

Additionally, previous webinars are recorded and available for viewing .

Shop Local Logo
Novato is Still  Open
For Business
Check out our listing of Novato businesses open & ready to serve you.
Now more than ever, local businesses need your support.
Some previously closed businesses are now offering curbside service, call ahead for pickup or delivery from the numerous businesses that are currently operating, and if you can, support your local businesses through online shopping. You could also buy a gift card from your favorite stores to use at a later date.


Books and Badges
Virtual Story Time with Novato PD
Check out Books 'n Badges with our own Novato Police Department. On Thursdays kids can listen to a police officer and police staff read a children's story out loud!  Follow @NovatoPolice  on Facebook.
#NovatoFunAtHome
New! Virtual Gymnastics

Our Novato Parks & Recreation team is excited to announce the launch of a series of FREE virtual gymnastics and movement education classes for children ages 3 and above.

Classes will run May 27 through June 10 and offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoon. 

THANK YOU!
National Public Works Week
It's National Public Works Week! We're #NovatoProud of our dedicated Public Works team as they have continued to maintain essential services during the Shelter in Place Orders, including maintenance related to parks, streets, storm drains, pump stations and levees. 
Thanks Public Works!
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19
You may feel anxiousness, anger, sadness or overwhelmed. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about.
  • Learn the common signs of stress.
  • Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
  • Talk with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
  • If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Learn more at cdc.gov.

Stay Healthy Novato
The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, whether the flu or coronavirus, is to practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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